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NJ Transit steps up security after NYC terror threat

(The Associated Press circulated the following article on October 7.)

NEWARK, N.J. -- In response to the new terror threat against the New York City subway system, NJ Transit announced Thursday that it has stepped up police patrols, use of K-9 teams and baggage inspections systemwide.

There has been no specific threat to NJ Transit, officials said.

Nevertheless, as a precaution, NJ Transit said it was doubling police patrols at stations and terminals and partnering with state police to ride trains and buses.

In addition, the agency said it was supplementing its normal K-9 unit patrols with additional bomb-sniffing dogs.

NJ Transit urged customers to report suspicious activity to police or call its telephone hotline, 1-888-TIPS-NJT.

Officials in New York revealed the threat on Thursday, saying an FBI source had warned that terrorists had plotted to bomb the subway in the coming days. But Homeland Security officials in Washington downplayed the threat, saying it is of "doubtful credibility."

Friday, October 7, 2005

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